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    Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps welcomes new leadership

    Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps welcomes new leadership

    Photo By Spc. Joshua Cowden | Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Cherry, incoming command sergeant major, Headquarters and...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Joshua Cowden 

    22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. –Soldiers, Family members and friends of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Cherry and celebrated the leadership of Command Sgt. Maj. Krista Keune during a change of responsibility ceremony at the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Dec. 18, 2019.

    “We are very excited to welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Cherry,” said Lt. Col. Frank Pena, the commander of HHBN, XVIII Airborne Corps.

    Cherry’s experience and his proven record of performance sets him apart to be the right person at the right time for this position, Pena said.

    "I’m very excited to take over,” said Cherry. “Like Command Sergeant Major Kuene said, it’s a unique position. Not many people have the opportunity to be in a battalion with the Corps element underneath it. So it’s a very unique job, and I’m really excited because my role is to help facilitate the Corps’ to complete its’ mission.”

    Cherry, a special electronic device repairer and Yuma, Arizona, native, most recently served as the Tobyhanna Army Depot Sergeant Major in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania.

    Kuene, the outgoing command sergeant major of HHBN, XVIII Airborne Corps and a Helena, Montana, native, relinquished responsibility after being at the helm for 25 months. She recently completed a Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve tour of duty.

    “Like all great things in life, they must come to an end,” said Keune. “I cannot say that I am happy to close this chapter. It comes with the realization that this will probably be the last time I will serve at this level and be able to have this kind of impact with Soldiers. After all, this is what this position has been about for me—taking care of Soldiers.”

    Kuene will assume responsibility of the logistics team at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

    “It has truly been an honor to serve amongst you," said Keune. "It is all of you that have made me successful, so to all of you I say thank you.”



    Date Taken: 12.18.2019
    Date Posted: 12.20.2019 12:39
    Story ID: 356621
    Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US 
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